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5 Ways To Change Your Mornings - Leadership, Sales & Life

5 Ways To Change Your Mornings - Leadership, Sales & Life | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
People who make the best use of their mornings are more successful than those who don't. Mornings set the tone for your the tone for the day.
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These five points make sense and are useful for those who struggle in the morning. I began to change my morning routine to fit sleep patterns and it has made a substantial difference.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 24, 2013 8:57 AM

Great pointers here for us larks!  The 'hour of power' can be a fantastic way to start the day - if we use it...

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Education Readings May 29th

Education Readings May 29th | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at allanalach@inspire.net.nz This week’s homework! Hattie’s research: Is wrong Part 4 – a kind of Svengali N...
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The challenge with meta research or meta analysis is we distance even further from the time and place the research was conducted and then generalize.

 

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Learning With Nature

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Since experiencing nature is a healthy part of child development, take your class outdoors and use elements of nature for teaching the usual classroom subjects.

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I read an article recently about Indigenous education. Elders take children on the land and they observe birds in various ways and think about what their observations mean in relationship to flying.

 

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Changing the Mindset of Education: Every Learner is Unique

Changing the Mindset of Education: Every Learner is Unique | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By Arina Bokas & Rod Rock - Every learner is unique, and adopting a growth mindset in education is important, the authors argue. One size doesn't fit all.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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This has been known for some time. What is with the gears in the brain? That is not how it works.

 

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Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, May 30, 9:46 AM

Gifted children often display their gifted talents in different areas.  Some children are gifted in science, others in math, others in music...and some show extraordinary talents in several areas. It is not the label that is placed on the child's ability, but what is done to develop and support that ability. The enrichment and challenge that is provided at home and in school can raise the demonstration of talent to high levels - however, this enrichment and challenge must be coupled with the social and emotional support that develops a life-long learner.

Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, May 30, 9:51 AM

Gifted education often talks about the twice-exceptional learner - one whose intellectual gifts are coupled and often masked by a learning disability.  There is also a phenomena of the gifted student who lives in a state of poverty.  Often trapped in a high poverty school that focuses on remediation and intervention.  Poverty schools must embrace a growth mindset about students, believing that every student can develop their gifts and talents.  They must differentiate the learning experiences that provide pathways for students to access deeper learning with complex thinking within the content.  This is a tall order for teachers who are burdened with learning gaps, behavior problems, and social issues...but with over 50% of our students living in poverty, we cannot afford to miss the development of the gifts and talents that lie buried under poverty.

Tony Guzman's curator insight, May 30, 7:36 PM

This article shares the idea on how all learners are not the same, we need to strive to teach to all their styles as best possible.

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Test scores are important, but so is music education - Detroit Free Press

Test scores are important, but so is music education - Detroit Free Press | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Budget cuts forced New Haven Community schools to cut its music classes. But the community stepped up and now it's back.

Via Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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Being a person who doesn't think test scores are overly important, I think music is very important. It does things for children and adults that test scores cannot even begin to approach.

 

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Amy Saltzman: Still Quiet Place

Amy Saltzman: Still Quiet Place | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Amy Saltzman, MD:

 

"The Still Quiet Place is the joyful alchemy of all the elements of my ongoing education: conventional medicine, transformational coaching, holistic medicine, mindfulness, and mothering. Offering these skills to children, parents and teachers is the truest form of preventive medicine I know."


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We need those spaces to just be.

 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 5, 1:31 PM

This is an exceptional book with a very strong resource bibliography.

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How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others (and Start Empowering Yourself)

How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others (and Start Empowering Yourself) | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
“Comparison is the death of joy.” Mark Twain “When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.”

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It is human nature to compare. It is important to realize those comparisons are problematic and will not get us what we want, happiness

 

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, May 5, 6:15 PM

Being comfortable with who we are. Being okay with our own selves. It's something we're told often - by many. But it's not always easy to do. When it happens, people all around can tell. There is a difference. Getting to that point isn't always easy and requires some deep self searching. 

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World Happiness Report

World Happiness Report | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

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It looks like a lot of reading, but based on past reports and literature will be interesting.

 

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The Silence of Mindfulness

The Silence of Mindfulness | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Do you struggle with a mind that never stops, hammering you with harsh thoughts, demands and self-criticism, never letting you rest or get a good night’s sleep?

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Just to be rather than doing; even for a few minutes.

 

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Mindfulness training may help stressed-out students

Mindfulness training may help stressed-out students | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Mindfulness techniques may help students focus, reduce stress and improve behavior.

Via Skip Boykin, Dorote Lucci
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It does and it helps teachers.

 

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Relevant Math For Students’ Lives: Creating Context With Social Justice Issues

Relevant Math For Students’ Lives: Creating Context With Social Justice Issues | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
By examining equity issues through a mathematical lens, students are more engaged in learning about math and their communities.

Via Christopher Tienken
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Learning, thus teaching, should be relevant and that does not mean the same. It depends on (con)text.

 

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Humour in the face of the Horrible

Humour in the face of the Horrible | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Humour in the Face of the Horrible The Horrible The English-speaking countries of the world have little-to-no interest in the social and intellectual health of school children. When large-scale, hi...
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The Western world argues using rhetoric i.e. win-win, begin with the end in mind, and individualized learning, as if those things will solve the challenges we face in our schools.

 

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12 Ways Successful People Handle Toxic People

12 Ways Successful People Handle Toxic People | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

To deal with toxic people effectively, you need an approach that enables you, across the board, to control what you can and eliminate what you can't.


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I left. That would seem to be a 13th.

 

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The Metamorphosis, Kafka

The Metamorphosis, Kafka | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
“The Metamorphosis, Kafka”

Via Vilma Bonilla
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It would be nice. Kindergarten students take naps. I wonder if there teachers do?

 

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leading and learning: Sir Ken Robinson's new book:'Creative Schools - Revolutionizing Education from the Ground Up'.

leading and learning: Sir Ken Robinson's new book:'Creative Schools - Revolutionizing Education from the Ground Up'. | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
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Creativity does take courage. Doing the same thing with new tools does not.

 

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Richard Feynman’s Ode to a Flower: A Short Animation

Richard Feynman’s Ode to a Flower: A Short Animation | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but couldn't one's appreciation of that aroma get a boost from understanding the science behind its existence? So theoretical physicist Richard Feynman argues from beyond the grave in 'Ode to a Flower', a short animation by Fraser Davidson.

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How we see the world allows some things and not others to show themselves.

 

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Science Just Discovered Something Amazing About What Childhood Piano Lessons Did to You

Science Just Discovered Something Amazing About What Childhood Piano Lessons Did to You | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
If your parents forced you to practice your scales by saying it would "build character," they were onto something. The Washington Post reports that one of the largest scientific studies into music's effect on the brain has found something striking: Musical training doesn't just affect your musical ability — it provides tremendous benefits to children's emotional and behavioral maturation. The study by the University of Vermont College of Medicine found that even those who never made it past nursery rhyme songs and do-re-mi's likely received some major developmental benefits just from playing. The study provides even more evidence as to why providing children with high-quality music education may be one of the [...]

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I think having to concentrate the way a person does to learn scales and music helps children focus and be mindful.

 

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, May 24, 2:12 AM

I especially liked the observation that schools that deprive most of their students of studying music or the arts are depriving them of much more than simply not learning an instrument - it is depriving them of a good way to developed executive function for one thing. -Lon 

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Schools Rethink Health Class, Incorporate Mindfulness Training

Schools Rethink Health Class, Incorporate Mindfulness Training | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Many New York schools are incorporating mindfulness training to help students handle stress and replacing lectures on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases with sessions on life skills, such as communication and decision-making.

Via Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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There are so many benefits to Yoga, meditation, and mindfulness activities.

 

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, May 24, 12:47 PM

I am so glad to see this focus on teaching students how to handle stress. Anxiety and all that accompanies it has been a far greater problem at my middle school. Mindfulness benefits BOTH teachers and students as a skill.

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There is Only One Way to Fail in Life.

There is Only One Way to Fail in Life. | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

We have to take life by the horns and wrestle her to the ground and make love to her. Every moment. Every day.



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This takes metaphor, myth, and poetic language and runs with it.

 

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David Hain's curator insight, May 15, 5:48 AM

Beautiful piece on what really matters! I urge you to read it, I welled up...

donhornsby's curator insight, May 15, 8:13 AM

This is my life. I know how to live it. In every moment I know exactly how to live it. And there are no rules.

Jerry Busone's curator insight, May 16, 7:44 AM

Great piece on making life count...

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Exploring the Idea of ‘Happiness’ As Part of School Work

Exploring the Idea of ‘Happiness’ As Part of School Work | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Two schools are approaching a project about their own happiness in very different ways based on the context of their schools and lives.

Via Gust MEES, Kelly Christopherson, Suvi Salo
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We should talk about being happy, and, more importantly, we should express our happiness through our interests as teachers and people. It signals to others, including students, how we are who we are.

 

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Why Work-Life Balance is Becoming Critical

Why Work-Life Balance is Becoming Critical | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Disconnect Between Employers and Employees on Work-Life Balance


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Where I worked espoused the work of Covey which includes sharpening the saw and suggests this balance. It only happens for those deemed important to managers.

 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 11, 4:28 PM

Finding ways to integrate work and life is a key to creativity.

 

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Depression: 'Mindfulness-based therapy shows promise' - BBC News

Depression: 'Mindfulness-based therapy shows promise' - BBC News | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
A mindfulness-based therapy could provide a "new choice for millions of people" with recurrent depression, a study in the Lancet says.

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It works. Even if you are not dealing with depression and only want to bring life into a more balanced perspective, this is worth while.

 

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10 things non-stressed-out peeps know + do

10 things non-stressed-out peeps know + do | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

"Stress" seems to be an epidemic right now -- emails to answer, activities to attend, houses to clean, groceries to buy, jobs to do... the pressure seems never-ending.

But here's what you need to know:

Stress may be a given in our lives...
but being stressed out doesn't have to be.

What Non-Stressed-Out People Know

1. They know stress is a normal and expected part of life

No one gets a "Get out of Stress Free" card in this game.

In fact, we need a healthy amount of nervous system activation to get through our days -- working and parenting and all the other important things we do require our energy and engagement. You know that list that ranks all the stressful life experiences that people can encounter? There are bad things on that list, like the loss of a job or the death of a loved one. But there are also good things on the list, like getting married, buying a house, and having kids.

Change is constant, and change often creates stress.

Non-stressed-out people know this. They know stress will show up in their lives, so they're less likely to be knocked down when it does.

2. They understand that what makes us stressed out is how we perceive the stressor

Stress researchers Richard Lazarus and Susan Folkman at UC-Berkeley have defined stress as, "a particular relationship between the person and the environment that is appraised by the person as taxing or exceeding his or her resources and endangering his or her well-being" (from Jon Kabat-Zinn's Full Catastrophe Living).

This definition of stress clearly indicates that stress is about our relationship to events and our perceptions of them. If you view a particular event as a threat (to your physical, emotional, or social well-being), then you'll likely experience it as stressful. If you choose to reframe the event, perhaps as an opportunity, then it may not be stressful at all.

Non-stressed-out people know to take a deep breath, and assess the situation. They try to see it like a camera would, noticing what is actually happening, instead of rashly interpreting the event from their limited perspective. And in that short period of time, a whole world of options open up.

3. They know when they are stressed

Has this ever happened to you? You get home from work, make dinner, start getting the kids ready for bed... and then a small infraction by your child sets off a wildly disproportionate reaction from you.

You were probably stressed out all day, and didn't even know it. We often spend our days in a state of low-grade fight-or-flight arousal, and then even the slightest stressor can set us off.

Non-stressed-out people are in tune with their bodies. They notice the tense shoulders, the furrowed brow, the tightening chest, or whatever their stress signals are, and then act (see below) to defuse the stress energy before it explodes.

4. They know they have power and choice

Resilient people have a sense of efficacy. They know they have a choice in how they respond. Jon Kabat-Zinn writes, "They view life as a challenge... and assume an active role in [it]."

They understand the serenity prayer -- they know they can change the things they control, and they choose to live in wise relationship with the things they cannot.

5. They have a sense of meaning

Non-stressed-out people know the why behind their actions. They act with purpose and intention. Even the most mundane task can have meaning -- for example, cleaning our home is a way of honoring our surroundings.

And when things go wrong, Non-stressed-out people find meaning in that, too.

"What we think are our failures are not failures. They are gifts -- revealing extremely useful information -- if we are open to being mindful of everything that unfolds in our lives, in a day, or in a moment, and putting it all to good use as grist for the mill." (Jon Kabat-Zinn)

What Non-Stressed-Out People Do

1. They practice mindfulness

With mindfulness, we learn to pause. We learn to see things as they actually are. We learn to drop the story, which only exacerbates the stress, and choose wise action.

The practice of mindfulness is what allows us to notice and experience the buildup of stress, instead of suppressing it. When we ignore and internalize stress, it never gets released.

Think of the zebra in the wild, who gets startled by a lion, and bolts away in a flight response. Once he's safe, the stress has been released from his body, and he calms down and takes a nap. He doesn't worry about what might have happened had his offspring had been eaten, or agonize over when the lion will return. (See Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers).

If we ignore our stress, it builds up and we never return to a calm baseline. Mindfulness gives us a basic awareness of our stress. And then we can develop healthy restorative practices.

"Under duress we don't rise to our expectations, we fall to our level of training." -- Bruce Lee

So resilient people train.

2. They exercise

Exercise releases feel-good hormones and a bunch of other chemicals that promote resilience and well-being.

3. They get adequate sleep

How clear-headed are you without good sleep? It probably goes without saying that we're much more likely to resort to habitual reactions when we're tired. Jon Kabat-Zinn says that resilient people build up a "bank account" that they can draw upon during tough times. Sleep, exercise, healthy food, and meditation are the most important deposits we can make!

4. They make time for relationships and intimacy

We are social beings. Simply sharing our frustrations and talking about what's bothering us can relieve a great deal of our stress.

5. They put themselves in timeout

Non-stressed-out people make time for themselves. They nurture the hobbies that fulfill them and give their minds a break from day-to-day busy-ness. They go for a walk or read a good book or savor a delicious meal. They know that self-care is not selfish.

They do the things that feed their bodies, hearts, and minds. Janice Marturano, in Finding the Space to Lead, writes, "Such moments -- when we fully inhabit our bodies and our senses are at work on more than an internal storyline, checklist, or rehearsed conversation -- are what give life true meaning."

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Stress may be a given, but being stressed out doesn't have to be!


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50 Awesome Quotes on Risk Taking

50 Awesome Quotes on Risk Taking | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

1. "Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it." -- Goethe
2. "Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." -- Helen Keller
3. "It's not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It's because we dare not venture that they are difficult." -- Seneca
4. "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go." -- T.S. Eliot
5. "What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it is another matter." -- Peter Drucker


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These are not from obvious contemporary sources and reflect a more classic view of innovation and leadership.

 

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Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, April 10, 4:47 PM

Quotes don't change our life, but sometimes they give us a little hope.

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Being a Kind Boss Pays Off | Mindful

Being a Kind Boss Pays Off | Mindful | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it

Emma Seppälä looks at the hard data on being a nice boss.


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There is  a difference between being a leader and being a manager in the same way being a boss is not the same as the first two. An ethical view, per Aristotle, suggests aiming for the good and beautiful brings kindness along.

 

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Positive Teams Are More Productive

Positive Teams Are More Productive | Education, Curiosity, and Happiness | Scoop.it
Research-based ways to make your employees happier.

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It makes sense. It does not mean people don't disagree. In fact, they might be more encouraged to speak their minds in a civil conversation.

 

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